Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On the Symbolic Lessons of Nature

Kings are anointed only near a spring, that their kingship may run long and smooth, as it is said (1 Kings 1:33): 'And the king said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord... and bring him down to Gihon.'
- The Babylonian Talmud, Horayot 12a.

Whether or not kings were actually anointed only near a spring (which appears doubtful), this midrash shows how everything could be linked to a lesson, to a blessing.

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